Working toward a sustainable UW-EC

news, updates, events and announcements from throughout the campus community

Monday, April 19, 2010

Earth Week/Global Youth Service Day Opportunity

 In honor of Earth Day and Global Youth Service Day, the Campus Kitchen Project at UWEC and the Phoenix Garden are holding a volunteer work day at the new downtown Phoenix community garden.  We will be working in the garden to prepare the soil, build beds, and do a little planting!  No experience needed, just be prepared to get a little dirty. 

Friday, April 23rd from 1:00pm-4:00pm

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sustainability Showcase - Green Careers Forum

On Tuesday, April 20th UW-Eau Claire will host a Green Careers Forum. In light of the recent economic slowdown, many point to the emerging "Green Collar" jobs market to provide the careers of tomorrow.

Four, industry specific, guest speakers will be shedding light on the “Green Collar” jobs of the future. Speakers include:

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Eau Claire Transit to Participate in Sustainabilty Showcase

The Clean Cummute Initiative has received confirmation that Eau Claire Transit will be taking part in the Sustainability Showcase to be held on the Campus Mall April 22. They will have bus route maps and other goodies to hand out, as well as offer assistance in scheduling rides around campus and throughout the city! This will be a great opportunity for students, faculty and staff to learn how easy and convenient it is to use this "no-cost-with-an-ID" service!

Clean Commute Initiative Plans Future Undertakings

The Clean Commute Initiative had a meeting on March 11th and developed a list of possible undertakings to be pursued in the upcoming months. These efforts are aimed at improving opportunities for students, faculty and staff to utilize transportation methods outside of automobiles.

Ideas discussed include 1) contacting local bike shops to perform bicycle tune-ups at reduced prices or at free clinics on campus, 2) develop methods for weatherized (read "dry") storage and parking for bikes, 3) bike lockers for secure bike storage, 4) integrate alternative transportation ideas with any new building design and siting, 5) improve pedestrian/bike/board/blade friendliness around campus to allow for safer use of existing facilities. Discussion also included alternative transportation promotional poster campaigns and bicycle loaning programs.

While these ideas are formulative, our enthusiasm is buoyed by the success of our Clean Commute brochure which outlines the transportation alternatives available in our community and the letter to incoming freshman signed by the Chancellor in which he promotes a car-less stay while here in Eau Claire. Both of these items are included in the packets sent to new students upon their acceptance to the University.

Contribute Ideas for Sustainability in New Education Building!

The committee for UW-Eau Claire's "Education Building," the first new academic building since the Human Sciences and Services Building, invites your input on sustainable practices you would like to see considered in the siting, design, furnishing, and operation of the building.  

You can provide your ideas on-line at this site.

The ideas we receive will contribute to the Sustainability Discussion that will take place on April 21, 2010, from 3:00-5:00 PM in the Presidents Room of Davies Center.

Want to learn more before you respond?  Check out "Green Building: Basic Information," hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Sustainability Website!

Hi everyone. I'm Lauren Oas, the Student Sustainability Coordinator for UWEC housing. We have just created a sustainability page on the UWEC housing website. Students, you can find information about recycling in the residence halls, how to make your room more environmentally friendly, tips to make your life more green, and much more. Check it out at